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Amdocs Reports Fiscal Q1

ST. LOUIS -- Amdocs Limited (NASDAQ:DOX) today reported that for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015, revenue was $921.5 million, down 0.6% or $5.3 million sequentially from the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015 and up 1.7% as compared to last year’s first fiscal quarter. Revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 includes a negative impact from foreign currency movements of approximately $5 million relative to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Net income on a non-GAAP basis was $132.0 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $139.5 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Non-GAAP net income excludes amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related costs and equity-based compensation expenses of $31.2 million, net of related tax effects, in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, and excludes such amortization and other acquisition-related costs, changes in fair value of certain acquisition-related liabilities and equity-based compensation expenses of $8.5 million, net of related tax effects, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. The Company's GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 was $100.8 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $131.0 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, in the prior fiscal year’s first quarter.

“We have started fiscal year 2016 with solid results. Revenue, non-GAAP operating margin and diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were in line with our expectations and reflected an acceleration of our activities outside North America. We achieved record Rest of World revenue as we focused on the deployment of several highly complex projects, and we believe we are on track to sustain double-digit growth in this region in fiscal 2016. Europe revenue was healthy as we continued to expand with subsidiaries and affiliates of some of the region’s leading service providers, including new business with Vodafone Ireland, for which Amdocs was selected as managing systems integrator to lead a major quad-play transformation project. Overall, we are proud of our growth in Europe and Rest of World, which we have achieved while maintaining operating margin at the higher end of our long-term target range of 16.2% to 17.2%,” said Eli Gelman, president and chief executive officer of Amdocs Management Limited.

Gelman continued, “During the first quarter we also focused on developing the many new customer relationships we acquired through our purchase of the Comverse BSS assets in fiscal 2015. Along these lines, we are today pleased to announce new projects for Amdocs Kenan and Amdocs C1 solutions with a number of service providers. These include projects at Liberty Global in Switzerland and at Telefônica Brasil, following its acquisition of GVT. We believe activities such as these highlight sustained business momentum with former Comverse customers and demonstrate Amdocs’ commitment to providing additional value, innovation, and a broader range of products and services for these customers.”

Gelman concluded, “As we enter our second quarter, we believe we are on track to deliver full year fiscal 2016 revenue growth within our previously guided range of 2% to 6% on a constant currency basis. We still expect potential opportunities such as those at AT&T and the former Comverse customers to result in a stronger second half, although our outlook continues to reflect many moving parts, including with respect to consolidation activity amongst wireless and Pay TV operators. We are focused on delivering consistent execution and we remain comfortable with our diluted non-GAAP earnings per share growth outlook of 3.5% to 7.5% for the full 2016 fiscal year. Furthermore, we remain committed to the disciplined and proactive allocation of cash to shareholders over the short and long term. Accordingly, our board has authorized an additional $750 million share repurchase plan. This is in addition to the $160 million that remained as of December 31, 2015 under the previous $750 million authorization, and will be executed at the company’s discretion going forward, whether in open market or privately negotiated transactions.”

Financial Discussion of First Fiscal Quarter Results
Free cash flow was $163 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016, comprised of cash flow from operations of $199 million, less $36 million in net capital expenditures and other.

Twelve-month backlog, which includes anticipated revenue related to contracts, estimated revenue from managed services contracts, letters of intent, maintenance and estimated on-going support activities, was $3.09 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2016, up $10 million from the end of the prior quarter.

Financial Outlook
Amdocs expects that revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 will be approximately $905-$945 million. This outlook takes into consideration the company’s expectations regarding macro and industry specific risks and various uncertainties resulting from current and potential customer consolidation activity in North America. However, Amdocs notes that it cannot predict all possible outcomes.

Diluted earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 is expected to be $0.84-$0.90, excluding amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related costs and approximately $0.05-$0.06 per share of equity-based compensation expense, net of related tax effects. Amdocs estimates GAAP diluted earnings per share for the second fiscal quarter of 2016 will be $0.63-$0.71.

Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX)

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